Alabama’s WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program is getting an update as new eWIC cards are rolled out to recipients.
State officials say the new cards, which replace the current paper-based “food instruments” and cash-value vouchers, will result in benefits for both the users and the vendors, including smoother checkout transactions, reduced checkout time, automatic electronic payments to vendors, and less stigma for WIC participants.
Each month, more than 120,000 participants receive WIC benefits through county health departments and two private local agencies. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, the mission of the program is to improve the health and nutritional status of women, infants and children during critical times of growth and development.
Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery counties are currently using the card.
Rollout will start on April 1 in Blount, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Randolph, Russell, St. Clair, Shelby, Talladega and Tallapoosa counties.
Following that will be the Northern District of the ADPH in June, West Central and Jefferson Districts in July, and Southeastern, Mobile, and Southwestern Districts in August.
Learn more about WIC and eWIC cards here.